Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling moved to L.A. with the dream of creating a digital cooking publication and opening a restaurant. Well, Botanica Magazine is live, and the duo is now in the process of opening their restaurant, also named Botanica, which is slated to open in Spring 2017 in Echo Park.
In terms of cuisine, the menu will primarily center on fresh vegetables, as well as sustainably sourced meat and seafood. I’ve checked out the menus, and I’m salivating! Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Eggplant, and a plethora of greens are so up my (gluten-free) ally.
Fiffer and Sperling want to do more than just serve healthy, delicious food; they want to create an environment in which employees and customers alike thrive and feel inspired. To that aim, they plan to work with programs that help prepare formerly incarcerated and homeless citizens for work in the culinary field, offer fair wages, and hold community and cultural events. Of course, all of these plans cost money. In order to raise funds, Fiffer and Sperling have created a Kickstarter page. As a thank you, donors of all levels will receive gifts such as early access to special dinners and events at Botanica or a personalized dinner party consultation.
While the restaurant won’t be open until the spring, you can still sample some of Fiffer and Sperling’s food in the meantime by visiting their website, botanicamag.com, and trying out some of their recipes! We’re excited to see this amazing vision come to life!